President Michel Aoun convened at Baabda Palace on Monday with Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, whereby he asserted that Lebanon is going to attend the Brussels conference on April fifth, and ask for a solution to the Syrian refugee crisis, whom the Lebanese state encouraged to return to their country.
Aoun’s meeting was also attended by EU Ambassador in Lebanon, Christina Lassen.
“Lebanon has offered all sorts of care and support for Syrian refugees, and the country continues to suffer from the negative repercussions of this displacement economically, socially and in security, which demanded that the international community, particularly European states, help [Lebanon] out of its current reality,” said Aoun.
He went on to confirm that the Lebanese state highly supported a political solution to the Syrian crisis.
Hahn, in turn, relayed to the President the appreciation of European states for the care that Lebanon offered to Syrians. He highlighted the importance of working on the return of Syrians to their homeland as soon as a permanent political solution was reached.
The EU official welcomed Lebanon’s participation in upcoming conference with a delegation to be headed by PM Saad Hariri.
He equally welcomed the recent election of a new head of state for Lebanon, asserting that this revived the political life in Lebanon, and reactivated EU aid for the country in various fields.
Source: National News Agency